Rhein Haus, Derschang bar managers team up to create ‘Capitol Hill exclusive’ Perfect Strangers beer

(Image: Perfect Strangers)

(Image: Perfect Strangers)

Ryan Minch (Rhein Haus) and Myles Burroughs (the Derschang Group) two of the guys on the other side of the bar making the Capitol Hill food and drink economy click have teamed up with a Washington State brewery to create a new beer. And you’ll only find it on Capitol Hill:

Perfect Strangers IPA No. 1 is the product of a collaboration between Myles and Ryan with Everybody’s Brewing using a 15 barrel brewing system. When approached, Everybody’s Brewing responded with great enthusiasm allowing Ryan and Myles to collaborate with head brewer Jess to conceptualize and execute a unique grain mash and hop profile to be finished with Washington-grown, organic, granny smith apples to create a refreshing, bright IPA meant to be drunk fresh during the late summer and early fall.

Minch tells CHS he and Burroughs turned to Salmon, Washington’s Everybody’s Brewing to create their brew with a recipe using “malted barley, rye, and wheat in the grain bill” that gives the IPA “a dark, golden bronze color with a combination of American Cascade Hops and German Merkur Hops.”  The brew was finished with Washington grown, organic apples. “Although the apple flavor is subtle, the juice quietly provides just enough bright acidy to complete the beer,” the press release reads.

Minch said the deal with Everybody’s Brewing called for the partners to purchase all beer brewed from the collaboration through the distributor — you brew it, you buy it. The partners are planning to create more “unique, limited-release offerings” in the future.

The beer is now available at Rhein Haus’s Seattle location, Linda’s, Smith, and Tallulah’s “while supplies last.”


Capitol Hill food+drink | Peloton at center of bicycle cafe pack coming to Pike/Pine, 12th Ave


Team Peloton: Dustin Riggs, Mckenzie Hart, Paul Dano, and Aaron Grant

IMG_2809A tightly packed group of businesses combining passion for the bicycle with food, drink, and repair and maintenance services is pedaling its way around Capitol Hill. As the yellow jersey in the race of big city trends, you’re probably not going to be surprised to learn that the streets of Capitol Hill and the Central District will soon be home to not one, or two, but three bicycle cafes.

“Many cyclists kind of pick up the sport and it leads to a rabbit hole,” Dustin Riggs tells CHS. “There is a lot of culture around it.”

Riggs and his partners hope to clip into that two-wheeled enthusiasm as they prepare to open Peloton at 12th and Jefferson by early October.

“The coffee and the beer and the bikes. It’s just a lifestyle kind of thing,” he said. Continue reading

Northwest Film Forum celebrates 20 years, 2015 Local Sightings festival

In 2013, CHS looked at the future of film on Capitol Hill including NWFF and 21st Ave's Central Cinema (Image: Elisa Huerta-Enochian)

CHS looked at the future of film around Capitol Hill including NWFF and 21st Ave’s Central Cinema (Image: Elisa Huerta-Enochian with permission to CHS)

2015 marks 20 years of the most indie of indie cinema on Capitol Hill. You can celebrate two decades of the Northwest Film Forum Thursday night as its signature Local Sightings film festival commences with an opening night of shorts that “capture moments of change in Seattle from contemporary times and past eras” followed by a free NWFF birthday party:

To celebrate Northwest Film Forum’s 20th anniversary, we are throwing the most epic costume party the Film Forum lobby has ever seen! Dress up as any character from a film we’ve shown over the past 20 years. Don’t know where to start? Check out this list to find some inspiration: ABBA, Flash Gordon, Abraham Lincoln, James Brown, Norman Bates, Venus & Serena, Alien, Dr. Strangelove, Pee Wee Herman, Thelonius Monk, Princess Nausicaa — they’re all fair game! There will be prizes for best costumes and dance moves. Join us to toast the miracle of NWFF and party like it’s 1995.

As the party is Thursday night, CHS will be dressed up as Sam J. Jones in Flash Gordon as we do normally to start the weekend.

The opening night Sprawl to Action slate sounds right up your alley:

Citizens of Seattle: take a minute for your city! Tonight we marshal together short films that capture moments of change in Seattle from contemporary times and past eras. From today: the suddenly booming weed industry, rapidly transforming neighborhoods, and lyrical musings about technology in our lives. From yester-year: cultural memories long-forgotten, ideas for a future that’s now past, and a grassroots movement that physically shaped the city. Sprawl to Action includes the launch of Citizen Minutes, a new community video project of Northwest Film Forum.

Information on the opening night Sprawl to Action and the 20th anniversary party as well as the September 24th to October 3rd festival can be found at localsightings.nwfilmforum.org.

Earlier this year, CHS talked with outgoing NWFF director Lyall Bush about his exit and the history of the film-focused organization:

NWFF traces its origin to the 1995 launch of WigglyWorld Studios, a post-production outfit that got its start on Capitol Hill. At the time, Bush was working as a film editor and was brought on as the group was primarily interested in forming a repository for film equipment.

The organization quickly grew into other aspects of film, including teaching and screening. Co-founders Jamie Hook and Deborah Girdwood — along with Michael Seiwerath, now at Capitol Hill Housing — began exploring an expansion into their own theater.

That’s when Seattle venture capitalist Nick Hanauer entered the picture along with some deep pocket donors. After changing its name, the nonprofit took over management of the U-Districts’Grand Illusion Theatre in 1997. Two years later, it opened the The Little Theatre at 19th and Mercer. Hanauer remains involved, by the way, serving on the NWFF board.

In 2004, NWFF moved into its current home on 12th Ave between Pine and Pike.

Bush announced in spring he would be stepping down from his post this September.

“You take stock, at that point, and ask what you want to be doing, and in a sense our 20th anniversary is a good chance for the organization to hit the refresh button (so to speak) as well,” Bush told CHS. “It’s a chance for the whole operation to write a new strategic plan, craft new vision, and keep independent filmmaking going for another couple of decades.”

Gluten free cafe Niche opens on 12th Ave

(Image: Niche)

(Image: Niche)

Niche, the new gluten-free cafe from Seattle pastry chef and food and drink owner Toby Matasar, is now open on 12th Ave.

Matasar told CHS she hopes to have created “a haven not just for those looking to eat less gluten but for those who want to eat fantastic foods that happen to be gluten free.”

Open from 11 AM to 8 PM every day but Sunday, the cafe near 12th and Columbia across from Seattle University serves all-day breakfast items and cafe pizzas and sandwiches plus toasts and waffles, and panini, along with salads and plates — all prepared gluten free. Niche also has beer and wine. Prices range from $11 or $12 for a fancy sandwich — including gluten free Croque Madames — to $9 toasts to $6 or $7 waffles.

Niche now becomes Matasar’s sole business focus. Over the summer, she closed West Seattle’s Eats Market Cafe to focus on the new 12th Ave venture.

While those hoping to reduce their gluten intake will welcome Niche, vegans with a sweet tooth, in the meantime, are celebrating the opening of Sugar Plum on 15th Ave E.

Niche is located at 808 12th Ave. You can learn more at nicheseattle.com.



Nate’s CD brings chicken and waffles game to 12th and Jefferson


(Images: Alex Garland for CHS)

(Images: Alex Garland for CHS)

IMG_7274Nobody is saying there’s a rivalry between former partners but there definitely appears to be a little healthy competition over chicken and waffles in the Central District.

Rainier Beach-born Nate’s Wings and Waffles is now open near 12th and Jefferson in an overhauled Ethiopian restaurant.

The second location of the restaurant from Darren McGillAndrae Israel, and NBA star Nate Robinson opened over the weekend and is planning to be “officially” ready to deploy its full game starting Tuesday. The special is the Pumpkin Pie Waffle. Get some. Continue reading

Man stuck between buildings rescued on 12th Ave

(Image: Alex Garland for CHS)

(Image: Alex Garland for CHS)

Firefighters rescued a man found unresponsive and trapped between two buildings near 12th and Madison Thursday morning.

Seattle Fire Department rescue crews were called to the scene at Trace Lofts North just after 9 AM, where the male patient was found unresponsive in a narrow area about five-foot across, according to a SFD spokesperson.

A technical rescue team was able to lift the man out using a rope system, then navigated him through a first floor unit window. The patient was alert following the rescue and did not appear to have any significant injuries from a fall.

Medics determined the man suffered from a seizure, but were unclear why he was between the two buildings, the SFD spokesperson said.

Why there are new beige markings on 12th Ave

Screen Shot 2015-09-08 at 3.51.03 PMCapitol Hill — where the pavement is nearly as colorful as the community. Or something like that.

Now we can add a new color to the rainbow crossings, raceway green bikeway, and the various other street, sidewalk, streetcar, bike, pedestrian, car, bus, truck, etc. markings that decorate the city streets…


These new beige sections of street at 12th and Mercer are intended to help kids “be seen better” on the route to school at nearby Lowell Elementary. The feature is temporary, a Seattle Department of Transportation spokesperson tells CHS, while “permanent solutions” are being evaluated. Enjoy the beige while you can.

The project is part of some small changes coming to 12th Ave by fall in an effort to make the increasingly busy street easier to cross.

map12thBeginning the week of September 21st (SDOT has announced a slight delay) September 28th, a six-week project to create a set of curb bulbs on 12th Ave will begin at E Howell and E Olive St:

The goal of these improvements is to allow safer crossings for pedestrians and improve mobility for all users. Curb bulbs help reduce crossing lengths and improve visibility between people walking and people driving. The work will include:

  • Curb extensions to facilitate safer, shorter crossings for people crossing the street

  • ADA-compliant curb ramps for smoother and better access

  • New striped crosswalks that cross 12th Ave at both intersections

  • Drainage improvements at both intersections

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The 12th Ave project is one of 12 selected by the Bridging the Gap Oversight Committee to be completed as part of the Neighborhood Street Fund program. The program is funded by the Bridging the Gap (BTG) transportation levy at expires at the end of this year. This fall, Seattle voters will decide the fate of a proposed $930 million transportation levy to replace it.

New crosswalks and a bulb at Harrison were added to the street in 2013.

UPDATE 9/29/2015: Work has started!

Work on Twelfth Avenue pedestrian improvements

at East Howell and East Olive streets starts this week

SEATTLE – Today the Seattle Department of Transportation began to build safety improvements on Twelfth Avenue at East Howell and East Olive streets. Construction will last for approximately six weeks, weather permitting.


This work will require temporary closures of East Howell and East Olive streets to all traffic at Twelfth Avenue beginning tomorrow, Sept. 30 and will be in place 24-hours a day throughout the project. During the first three weeks of construction, the east side of the intersection of East Howell Street and Twelfth Avenue and the west side of the intersection of East Olive Street and Twelfth Avenue will be closed. During the last three weeks of construction, the west side of the intersection of East Howell Street and Twelfth Avenue and the east side of the intersection of East Olive Street and Twelfth Avenue will be closed. See the construction map for details.


Bike lanes on Twelfth Avenue between East Pine Street and East Denny Way will also be closed and people riding bikes will need to merge with vehicle traffic.


During construction you can expect:

  • Construction activity from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday.
  • Parking and lane restrictions on Twelfth Avenue between East Pine Street and East Denny Way. A flagger will be present to maintain two-way traffic.
  • Temporary closures on E Howell and E Olive streets at Twelfth Avenue. Local access will be maintained at all times.
  • Pedestrian and bicycle detours around the work areas.
  • Temporary closure of the US Postal Service collection box at the corner of Twelfth Avenue and East Howell Street.
  • Noise, dust and vibration associated with concrete removal and paving.


The goal of these improvements is to allow safer crossings for pedestrians and improve mobility for all users. Curb bulbs help reduce crossing lengths and improve visibility between people walking and people driving. The work will include:

  • Curb extensions to facilitate safer, shorter crossings for people crossing the street
  • ADA-compliant curb ramps for smoother and better access
  • New striped crosswalks that cross Twelfth Avenue at both intersections
  • Drainage improvements at both intersections

This project is funded by the Bridging the Gap transportation levy, through the Neighborhood Street Fund Program.

Mayor’s affordable housing plan on the agenda for 12th Ave Arts community meeting

IMG_3672-400x267Now that Mayor Ed Murray’s blue ribbon panel has volunteered many grueling hours to create an affordable housing plan for the city, it’s time for some citizen contribution.

On Thursday, officials from the mayor’s office will be leading a meeting at 12th Avenue Arts to discuss the recommendations of the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda Committee and gather feedback on the proposals. The meeting comes at the request of the Capitol Hill Community Council, which is hosting the event starting at 6:30 PM.

Welcome & Introductions
HALA Background & Info
HALA Summary
Q & A
Small Groups/Feedback Gathering

We will be joined by Emily Alvarado and Leslie Price of the Mayor’s office, as well as Nicole from DESC (we are still working on more folks!)

In order to meet his call to create 20,000 affordable units over the next decade, Murray convened his affordability panel earlier this year.

Murray and the HALA committee unveiled their 60+ recommendation plan in July, which included requirements to build affordable units in new developments and a fee on commercial development to fund more affordable housing. One provision that would’ve allowed for more backyard cottages and accessory dwelling units in single family home zones drew a considerable amount of criticism (and hyperbole), causing Murray to drop it from the plan. Continue reading

12th Ave communal development residents plan Rooftop Farm to showcase urban agriculture

original_ground-breakingThe neighbors of 12th Ave’s Capitol Hill Urban Cohousing where each resident is an equal member of the company that owns the project are watching their building rise on the street where ground was broken on their communal development last fall.

As construction reaches the fourth floor, the group is launching a crowdfunding campaign to create a rooftop garden for the project as a community exhibition of hyperlocal farming involving Seattle Central Community College’s Sustainable Agriculture program:

Through outreach and partnership, it is our goal to use this farm to benefit our surrounding community as much as possible. We expect the programs we set up to evolve and expand as the farm becomes more established. In our first year the farm will be managed by volunteers and interns from Seattle Central Community College’s Sustainable Agriculture program. We plan to lead free monthly tours for the public, and education workshops for children. We also plan to have an outreach stand at the Capitol Hill Farmers Market in order to share our project with the larger community. We will sell a portion of our organic produce to neighboring restaurant, Lark, in order to cover the cost of operating year-round. We will also donate produce to neighboring food banks or meal programs. We will establish and nourish partnerships with other interested restaurants and organization in our community.

The Rooftop Farm will serve the building’s residents but they are hoping with community support to make the project into a larger vision. “As one of Seattle’s fastest-growing and most densely populated neighborhoods, Capitol Hill provides a unique opportunity for us to grow together through urban farming expansion, awareness and education,” they write. “The intent of our farm in the city is to educate local children, and the general public, about the benefits of hyper-local food production, to demonstrate what a successful year-round organic rooftop farm looks like, and to act as a catalyst for the creation of a Capitol Hill food network—one which will connect neighbors, local restaurants, and local organizations around local food production.”

The goal is $10,000. As of Friday morning, nearly $4,000 has been raised.

You can learn more and give on The Rooftop Farm Barnraiser page.

CHS Pics | 12th Ave hosts the Epic Durational Performance Festival

Adam Sekuler's work got the 2015 festival started (Images: Alex Garland for CHS)

Adam Sekuler’s work got the 2015 festival started (Images: Alex Garland for CHS)

IMG_2283IMG_2292The Yellow Fish Epic Durational Performance Festival is currently taking place at Seattle University’s Hedreen Gallery. Organized since 2013 by Seattle-based artist Alice Gosti, it is one of the only festivals dedicated to durational performance in the world.

Durational performance can be defined as “a [art] form through which TIME is manifested in its original (natural) purity and brought to the forefront as pivotal to the experience.” Basically, it is an artistic performance that takes much longer than the standard two hours.

Yellow Fish performances can be a little out of the ordinary. Last year, one performance consisted of two women “submerged in an inflatable kiddie pool” for more than five hours, with a wolf hide suspended above them dripping pig blood into the water. This year’s festival kicked off last week with a performance spanning three days. Artist Adam Sekuler, a Seattleite living in Colorado, spent this time leading a communal mourning for the “buildings, organizations, and stores that we have lost in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, according to Gosti.

In spite of its unusual genre, or because of it, the Yellow Fish festival has been pretty successful. Last year the festival attracted artists from across the United States and as far away as London. This year, due to budget constraints, the festival has featured mostly local artists, but Gosti says attendance has been “really good.” The festival has also raised more than six thousand dollars through the crowdfunding campaign CHS reported on last week.

Yellow Fish is scheduled to take place daily through August 6th. The majority of the performances will take place at the Hedreen Gallery and a few will be held at the local venues such as the Velocity Dance Center and 10 degrees.

The planned 2015 lineup is below:

it is just the beginning and it may last forever
July 8th to August 5th, 2015 at The Hedreen Gallery
Runn Shayo (New York)
Pol Rosenthal
Pol Budraitis
LIMITS (Corrie Befort and Jason E Anderson)
Megumi Shauna Arai
Juan Franco
Brace Evans
MKNZ Porritt
Laura Curry and Lori Dillon
Jody Kuehner
Ryan Vinson
Adam Sekuler
Keith White
Mother Tongue (kt Shores and Angelina Baldoz_
A K Mimi Allin
and special guests…

Official schedule and specific locations will be posted soon on Yellow Fish // Epic Durational Performance Festival.